The Physics Room - Exhibitions by Stella Brennan and Joanna Langford

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Tomorrow Never Knows - an installation by Stella Brennan Named after the Beatles' finest piece of pop psychedelia, Stella Brennan's installation, Tomorrow Never Knows, draws together geodesic…

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Tomorrow Never Knows - an installation by Stella Brennan

Named after the Beatles' finest piece of pop psychedelia, Stella Brennan's installation, Tomorrow Never Knows, draws together geodesic domes, seventies living rooms and science fiction.

Christchurch's premier contemporary art project space The Physics Room will be home to the installation, following its successful debut at the Starkwhite Gallery in Auckland. The show opens at The Physics Room on 6th May, 5.30pm and will run from the 7th May until the 29th May.
Tomorrow Never Knows - an installation by Stella Brennan

Named after the Beatles' finest piece of pop psychedelia, Stella Brennan's installation, Tomorrow Never Knows, draws together geodesic domes, seventies living rooms and science fiction.

Christchurch's premier contemporary art project space The Physics Room will be home to the installation, following its successful debut at the Starkwhite Gallery in Auckland. The show opens at The Physics Room on 6th May, 5.30pm and will run from the 7th May until the 29th May.

Brennan is an established artist, as well as a curator and writer. Last year she was the inaugural Digital Artist in Residence at the Department of Screen and Media Studies at Waikato University and in 2001 she spent 3 months as the artist in Residence at Artspace in Sydney.

Brennan's new installation work Tommorrow Never Knows incorporates multiple projections, audio, text scratched into blackened windows, and a potted history of the geodesic dome. The constructed projection space is built from polystyrene slabs which divide the gallery. The projected images are generated by the visualisation feature of an MP3 player, creating a room of swirling psychedelic colour from the waveform of a computerised voice. The reading is of a J.G Ballard story, a science-fiction tale about psychotropic architecture - houses that alter in response to their owners' emotions.

'Sound visualisation is an evolution of the bubbling, glowing lava lamp' says Brennan. She explains the process: 'The software takes the sound wave - in this case, the story-telling voice - and applies real-time transformations, converting sound into a streaming field of stoner imagery. The effect is like moving, morphing, psychedelic wallpaper'.

For more information on the artist please refer to:www.stella.net.nz

Also showing in the Sampler Series:
Joanna Langford

The third instalment in the Physics Room's series entitled, Sampler, resembles a miniature set of a post-modern Hansel and Gretel scene. A Scandinavian style setting with clocks, a forest and tiny houses.
Showing alongside Stella Brennan's Tomorrow Never Knows at the Physics Room contemporary art project space, are Langford's 'winding paths meandering through the gallery space leading to little cities of wooden houses which teeter precariously in space. A twist in scale has forests of fake flowers towering ominously over the cities. Some of the flowers are mounted on clocks so they quiver and tick amongst the forest'
Langford's use of space and modelled landscapes and constructed world has been described by art writer Miranda Parkes as, 'refreshing' and she says that Langford's 'work evokes this kind of memory by offering experiences that push the perceptions in directions that are unexpected'. (Parkes, 2003) 'The (audience) imagination is activated through the sensory experience of space in a way that makes the viewer aware of their own senses, and of the sense they make of space and time'. (Parkes 2003)

Joanna graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in early 2004 from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, having completed her undergraduate degree at Wintec in Hamilton.
Opening: Thursday 6th May 5.30pm
Artist Floortalk: Friday 7th May 12.30pm
Exhibition Runs: 7th May - 29th May

Please contact Zoë Roland for more information.
Ph: 03 379 5583 / Fax: 03 379 6063
email: zoe@physicsroom.org.nz www.phyiscsroom.org.nz
2nd Floor, 209 Tuam (cnr High Street)
PO Box 22 351, Christchurch, New Zealand

Written by

Zoe Roland

29 Apr 2004

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